Fallen Heroes
August 15, 2009

Last year was the first memorial Run for the Fallen. It was a way to honor those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who have died in service to the United States during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. A group of guys got together and ran (literally) across the country, planting a flag every mile along the way for our fallen heroes.

While they were running, they asked for help and on August 24, 2008, “Over 9,000 participants ran over 35,000 miles in remembrance of those fallen in OIF and OEF.”

This year, we are running again. “On the weekend of August 22 & 23, 2009, we are encouraging anyone, wherever they are, to go out and run/walk one mile for a fallen service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Similar to our Final Day event in 2008, we will post runs here, in order!, by state and country. Please email contact@runforthefallen.org with information about your run. Our goal is to again have all 50 states participate. Last year, there were over 9,000 participants in nine countries, including the US, running a combined total of almost 36,000 miles. Help us to continue to honor and remember our service members, bringing people and communities together. Together, let us Run for the Fallen. Download a runner’s bib that you can wear when you run for the fallen.

Even if there is no organized group event in your area, please do not let that stop you from running that weekend and logging your miles for our fallen heroes…wherever you may be.

And here in southern Louisiana and Mississippi we have one of our own to run for. On August 2, 2009 SFC Severin West Summers III was killed in action while fighting for our freedom.     

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Sev was a lot of things to a lot of people (a fact testified to by more than 500 people that attended his visitation this past Thursday), and while it is almost never wise to speak for a crowd that large, I feel quite safe in saying that to everyone there he was brother or friend… son or uncle… husband or father… and down to the last person, he was & is HERO to us all.

So please, print your runners bib, and go run on August 22 & 23 for Sev – and for all of our fallen Heroes. Log your miles send them into contact@runforthefallen.org

Semper Fi!

Sons of Liberty